Meet Victoria Allen: The Artist Behind Subtleties
Updated: Oct 4, 2018
Art is not simply a mode of expression for Victoria Allen. It is also an outlet. From the time she wrote her first poem in fifth grade, Victoria has actively sought out ways to tap into her artistry.
As a student at Georgia State University, where she studies Speech Communications and English, Victoria seeks to find ways to communicate exactly what she feels and experiences within her photographs, poems, and mixed-medium works.
Victoria took some time out of her busy schedule to discuss her artistic style, self-care, and the inspiration behind her upcoming solo exhibition, Subtleties, which opens August 4th at TILA Studios.
Who is Victoria Allen as an individual and an artist?
I am a very selfless and caring person. I’m a very emotional person. I wear [my emotions] on my sleeves. I’m very empathetic so certain things can have a very emotional pull on me. As an artist, I’m still learning different art forms. I think as an artist I just want to create in any form possible, whichever ones call to me.
Where are you from?
I’m from Brooklyn. I call Brooklyn home, but my dad lives in Orlando. Home is probably where my family is. Florida and Brooklyn.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as multi-dimensional. That’s why I really like doing mixed media because I love combining my poetry with my photographs as well as other materials to make an end piece. I also like that they can stand alone as well. That’s probably how I’d describe my signature style. That’s what I want to lean towards anyway perfecting.
How would you describe your artwork?
Empowering. I definitely want to empower people. Usually it has a feminine touch to it or feminine themes. That’s usually what I really want it to be.
What kinds of stories do you tell within your work?
Currently, I’m just exploring my story. I’m not really trying to tell other people’s stories because everyone’s story is so different. Currently I’m just kind of exploring what my womanhood looks like and feels like. And it’ll resonate with other people.
Who do you create for?
I always think that’s an interesting question. I create for myself first and foremost. That’s why a lot of times I feel weird about — of course you want to sell your work, but it’s really hard to let go of those original pieces so I’ll just want to keep them. And I do create for others as well. I create for whomever it resonates with more so than anything.
How does being a Black woman inform your work?
I think a lot of it is built on being a Black woman — well really Afro-Latina. It affects my experiences, which I write about. That’s usually what I showcase — Black women. The people I identify with are similar to myself.